OSHR 1853 - Shrooms and Other Fungi in Our Lives

  • Noncredit

This course is offered through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Colorado State University. You must be a member of Osher to enroll in this course.

Long treated as lesser members of the plant kingdom, the fungi now rank as a kingdom of their own. This kingdom gives us everything from ringworm, to antibiotics, to yeasts. As the most familiar aspect of fungi, mushrooms provide both the doorway into the fungus kingdom and a road to travel once you pass through that door.

To open that door for you, this class will use two indoor sessions as hands-on learning labs (mornings) and two half-day field sessions to find and identify wild mushrooms (afternoons).

Lunch Break from Noon until 1:00 p.m. each day.

Noncredit courses do not produce academic credit nor appear on a Colorado State University academic transcript.


Kevin J. Cook


Kevin J. Cook is a naturalist who has explored the expanse of Colorado and engaged the full diversity of its wildlife since 1974. Through writing, speaking, and teaching he shares his passion for life with other people, always emphasizing the themes of diversity, connectedness, and geography.